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Dinner near 37th & Lex?

I need recommendations for a casual dinner for 7 people. Here are the details:

5 are midwesterners who are not adventurous eaters
Price should be moderate to low (up to $15-20 or so per person excluding alcohol)
I want to give them a new york experience without resorting to diner fare (unless it's a really good diner!)
This will be a weeknight, after a game at Yankee stadium.

I'm thinking either a bar with good bar food or maybe a bbq or pizza place. We probably won't be able to make reservations so will need plenty of seating without much wait.

Is this possible, hounds?

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    1. re: LeahBaila

      Thanks! These both look suitable for our crowd.

    2. I highly recommend Sarge's Deli, on 3rd, b/t 36th & 37th. Good food, something for everyone, and definitely a NY experience! No reservatons necessary. Open 24/7.

      They are currently re-vamping their website ( http://www.sargesdeli.com ), but you can view the menu on Menupages.


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      1. re: RGR

        I second RGR's recommendation for Sarge's.

      2. Two great reccos Rare and Sarge's. Can't go wrong with either.

        1. Dean's (2nd Ave. between 42nd and 43rd) has really tasty brick-oven pizza... the red-sauce Italian isn't bad either. And the price is right. They have a lot of space and I imagine could accommodate the group easily.

          1. Blarney Stone on around 44th is my choice. Irish have a very important role in New York City history. Loved their roast beef and mashed potatoes.

            1. I work in the area and would highly suggest the following, especially after a Yankee game:


              It's a great Irish Sports Bar filled with baseball memorabilia at 33rd and 5th across from the Empire State Building...ask for Shaun and tell him Jerry sent you.

              Someone else mentioned Serge [not Sarge's] at Madison and 32nd...also great but it's a French restaurant and a more pricey.

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              1. re: oldandintheway

                I do not see any mention of Serge upthread (only Sarge's). It was fka Cafe Creme. I've never tried it under either name though I've passed it many times and wondered how it is. Since it sounds as though you have eaten there, can you provide some personal views about the food, service, and ambiance?


                1. re: RGR

                  Serge is the owner he changed Cafe Creme name to his...same great food.

                  1. re: RGR

                    RGR, we went to Serge's again on Friday night. We had escargot, salad with beets and goat cheese, and pate for apps. We shared sole for our entree. Satisfying food, a good value. My SO said their steak is very good (someone at the table next to us ordered it). I posted a report the first time I went (1/31/2008). Serge was not there either time I went. I hear he's quite a character.

                    1. re: financialdistrictresident

                      Thanks for the report, fdr. I will definitely consider trying Serge's.

                2. Another place you may want to try is Blue Smoke, about 10 blocks away w/moderate prices, good bbq, fun scene.

                  1. Patsy's - 3rd Ave @ 34th - N/E/Corner...Midwesterners never turn down moderately priced Italian...large, family style Salads with a rather good brick-oven pizza is an excellent choice in a neighborhood with sub-par fare. Do not go to Sarges (the "deli"), you, and your party, will be dissapointed...Serges (frenchie), however, is a good choice as well.

                    1. Rare is a good choice if you're looking for burgers.

                      The 2nd Avenue Deli is on 33rd between 3rd and Lex.

                      If you like spicy Chinese food, Wu Liang Ye is on Lex between 39 and 40 Sts.

                      1. melsands, are you still with us? If so, do you remember where you went?